Blog Posts by Anne T. Donahue

  • Who can replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'?

    Monday night, the unthinkable happened: Jon Stewart announced that he was leaving "The Daily Show" after 15 years at the helm.

    "This show doesn't deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you," Stewart said in the broadcast. "It's been the honour of my professional life, and I thank you for watching it, hate-watching it, whatever reason you're tuning in for."

    So while Stewart's last show will reportedly come "later this year," that's literally all the information we know -- including who will take over his job. Back in 1999, the current "Daily Show" host took over from Craig Kilborn, which (of course) got us thinking: who could take Stewart's place? Had this happened a year ago, John Oliver or Larry Wilmore would have been obvious choices, but now that those two are kicking in on their own shows ("Last Week Tonight" and "The Nightly Show," respectively), the situation is a little less clear cut.

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    Samantha Bee
    Why she could: Samantha Bee has been a cast member of "The Daily

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  • Presenting: your Grammys 2015 drinking game

    LL Cool J at the Grammy rehersals on Feb. 5, obviously wearing a hat. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)LL Cool J at the Grammy rehersals on Feb. 5, obviously wearing a hat. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
    One week after the Super Bowl and one week before “SNL’s” 40th anniversary, we’ve got Biggest Night in Music (at least according to CBS): The Grammys.

    Starting at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 8, industry royalty will descend upon the Staples Center, listen to jokes by host LL Cool J (and his hat), and watch no less than 45 performers.

    And that’s all well and good, but we have something better. In the spirit of our Golden Globes drinking game from 2013, we have this: our Grammys drinking game from 2015, open only to readers of legal drinking age (unless of course you’re drinking water or juice, then chug away). 

    Here we go!

    - Take a drink every time LL Cool J says, “This next performer…”

    - Take a drink every time you see LL Cool J’s hat

    - Refill your glass and drink the entire thing if LL Cool J changes his hat

    - Every pun, take a drink

    - Every “pause for laughter” moment, take a drink

    - Refill and chug if Taylor Swift is shown during Katy Perry’s performance

    - Refill and chug if Katy

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  • 5 pregnant lady tropes 'The Mindy Project' can help abolish

    Warning: this post contains spoilers about the February 3 episode of "The Mindy Project." Read at your own risk.

    There aren't enough spoiler warnings in the world: Mindy Lahiri of "The Mindy Project" is pregnant. (The character. Not the actor/writer/showrunner/creator with the last name Kaling.)  In fact, Kaling told Entertainment Weekly that a Danny-Mindy baby had been in the works since season 1.

    "We always like doing things out of order for Danny (Chris Messina) and Mindy, since they are a couple that, on paper, shouldn't work," she reminded.

    Which is true. Mindy and Danny couldn't be more opposite, which makes this particular venture pretty interesting. Also, because she hasn't told him about the precnancy yet (and will do so in next week's episode, "Dinner at the Castellanos.")

    But what makes this TV baby a little different than most is Kaling's approach to her character's pregnancy. 

    "Pregnant Mindy is the most fun version of her yet," she explained. "This is not a woman who

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  • There's only one word to describe last night's 'Scandal': REALLY?!

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    Warning: this post contains spoilers for the January 29 episode of "Scandal." You've officially been warned.

    After a two-month (a.k.a. seemingly endless) wait, last night's "Scandal" finally revealed who kidnapped Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) back in November. As in: we physically saw them -- but we still have absolutely no idea who they are.

    No, really. After an hour seeing Olivia in a holding cell, ruining her bra, and having dreams of making jam while being married to the President (who, in this sequence, was just the mayor of their small-town Vermont town), we learn only that Olivia has been kidnapped by guys who'll use her for ransom. That's it. That's all we know. 

    Really?! (Yes.) And, after watching Olivia eventually escape only to realize she's been kept in a dressed-up warehouse this whole time, we have a few other aspects of this episode we'd like to get a little upset about.

    The kidnappers use a 20-second window to kidnap Olivia when she has somebody over instead of

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  • They're making a 'Limitless' TV show: 5 other movie-to-television ideas that should never be made

    If you were a fan of the 2011 movie "Limitless" -- about a guy (played by Bradley Cooper) whose dreams come true once he starts taking magical medicine -- then this one's for you.

    Variety reports that Cooper will be heading behind the camera as the executive producer a TV series of the same name. However, unlike the movie, television's "Limitless" will follow a man who stumbles upon the drug and is then coerced by the FBI to use it to help the FBI solve crimes (instead of just getting rich, the way Cooper's character did in the movie). This is also CBS's second movie they'll be drawing from, having ordered a pilot based on "Rush Hour" earlier this week.

    Which of course means we're inspired to pitch our own movies-turned-TV-shows (that have no business being made). I mean, if "Limitless" can become a television series, then why can't...


    "Mortdecai"

    Network: BBC America, 1 hr
    Like a moustachioed and incompetent Columbo, Mortdecai will spend 45 minutes every week bumbling around a crime

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  • Why it will be OK if 'Grey's Anatomy' splits up Meredith and Derek

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    According to "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes, it's "probable" that Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) will be gone from Seattle for a while. Since the mid-season finale ended with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) actually telling him to leave, to take a position in Washington, D.C., and leave Grey Sloan Memorial behind, it's maybe even probable that Mer and Der could just (gasp!) divorce.

    And you know what? It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

    "We end them in a fairly dark place," Rhimes reminded Entertainment Weekly last week. "He's walking away and she's sort of pushed him out the door. It's like, call someone's bluff and push them out the door. He's having a hard time, she's having a hard time with this."

    Which is why Derek and Meredith as a forever-couple is perhaps not the greatest idea. First, if they wanted to be together, why wouldn't he have stayed in Seattle? (And/or why wouldn't she have gone along to D.C.?)

    Second, it's self-destructive behaviour like this that hasn't

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  • 5 ideas for future 'American Horror Story' seasons

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    Wednesday night marked the season finale of "American Horror Story's" fourth season, "American Horror Story: Freakshow." And now, creator Ryan Murphy doesn't exactly have many more places he can go. Sure, all four seasons are reportedly tied together, and International Business Times believes next season may deal with nuclear fallout. But if not, what can happen next?

    That's where we come in. Here are five pitches for "American Horror Story: Season 5." See also: if you take any of these, Mr. Murphy, please pay accordingly.

    "American Horror Story: Retail"
    A store manager with a strange affinity for folding shirts just so (played by, of course, Jessica Lange) becomes more mysterious when it's revealed that regardless of what store she works in, her staff always remains the same. (Extra fear will be injected into each episode with the appearance of at least one customer who tries to make a return without a receipt.)

    "American Horror Story: High School Reunion"
    After ten years away, a young

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  • Is a few seconds of 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 worth the hype?

    Does the new 'GoT' teaser make you want to dance? (Tumblr)Does the new 'GoT' teaser make you want to dance? (Tumblr)
    Yesterday, the Internet collapsed on itself when “Game of Thrones” released a preview for the series’ upcoming IMAX screenings. But not because of the preview itself (although it is admittedly very compelling). Because, buried at the end of the clip, was roughly three seconds of footage from Season 5 (which premieres on April 12 on HBO). 

    Observe (remark, and absorb):

    And hey: not to spoil anything, but Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) emerges from a box. A box! Was this emergence of his own doing? Is he smuggling himself somewhere in order to bring down any and all existing enemies? Or is this retribution following — SPOILER ALERT — Tywin’s death in Season 4? Ultimately, it’s less a box then a vessel for opportunity. Which explains the hype. That, and because “Game of Thrones” is a show worthy of it.

    And it’s not alone. “GoT” is far from the only series that amps up the masses for upcoming appointment viewing. “The Walking Dead” released its Season 5 trailer yesterday, as well, offering a

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  • 'The Royals' renewed for a second season -- and you haven't even seen the first season yet

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    You haven't yet seen "The Royals" -- The E! Network's first scripted series, which debuts arch 15 -- but E! is so sure you'll like it, they've already ordered a second season.

    It's getting bold out.

    The announcement was made on January 15 by Jeff Olde, E! executive VP, original programming and development, at the NBC Cable Television Critics Association press tour event.

    "To renew this freshman series before its highly anticipated first-season premiere underscores E!'s commitment to the scripted genre and our confidence and support of this groundbreaking and rule-breaking original series," said Olde.

    Here's what we know about "The Royals" so far: it's helmed by "One Tree Hill" creator Mark Schwahn, and shoots on-location in the United Kingdom (which can't be cheap). "The Royals" stars Elizabeth Hurley as a Queen (duh) and matriarch of a twisted, soapy royal family (though not the royal family -- Kate and Will won't be making an appearance), and co-stars William Moseley, Alexandra

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  • Is it time to stop hating Gwyneth Paltrow?

    Gwyneth Paltrow has been around a long time. (A long time, when you think about the ’90s, her “Shakespeare in Love” Oscar win, and the subsequent Goop years.) And last night, on “The Tonight Show,” she put on another hat: that of a Broadway singer, whose specialty is chart-topping hip-hop.

    Dabbling in the musical stylings of Drake, Nicki Minaj and Big Sean, Paltrow and Fallon channeled their inner Will Ferrell-as-Robert-Goulet (not technically Broadway, but you’ll get it when you see it) to deliver some interesting interpretations of songs we all know and love

    I mean, they’ve certainly got a vibe.

    But let’s use this to talk about Gwyneth Paltrow. This week, in addition to vying for a place on a Broadway marquee, the actress appeared on Howard Stone’s radio show for a two-hour interview that’s nothing short of really, really interesting. (No really: they cover Brad Pitt, conscious uncouplings, media scrutiny — all of it.) Which brings us to our next question: why do we hate Gwyneth

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